Using indicators: seven steps to measure your environmental performance
A seven-step method allows you to use environmental performance indicators to improve your company's results.
The method presented in this section aims to improve a company's environmental performance. It can be summarized in a seven-stage cycle and comprises three main stages:
Source: OECD guidelines on sustainable production
Preparing your SME
- Estimating your environmental impact. This means understanding how to set up a team dedicated to sustainable development, setting your goals and establishing your priorities.
- Choosing environmental performance indicators. Selection of criteria essential for the SME’s activity.
This seven-stage process should be considered as a cycle to be repeated on a regular basis. In fact, SMEs are constantly being presented with new opportunities for protection of the environment. The purpose of sustainable development is not to achieve an end result, but to constantly improve your company and keep learning in this field.
While it is difficult to evaluate the time it will take to apply all seven stages within an SME, it is very likely that the first effects of this process will already be felt after just a few months.